Third Wine & Dine Volunteers Meeting Wednesday (Dec 17) • Meet at OTA, Appetizers by Rei do Gado!

Dear OTA Families,

Please join us for our third 2015 OTA Wine and Dine meeting on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at Old Town Academy.

  • Due to the busy holiday season for our restaurant partners, we are holding this meeting at the school (in the Seminar room) but we will be serving appetizers from the Brazilian Steakhouse – Rei do Gado.

We have had great attendance at our meetings so far but we welcome more participation – this our school’s largest fundraiser and we rely 100% on volunteers.

Can’t make the meeting but still interested in helping out?  Email our volunteer coordinators Lindsay Bear ( or Cathie Berlin. (

  • *6:00-6:30pm*
    ·  Complimentary Appetizers
  • *6:30-7:15pm*
    ·   Breakout Gala Committee sessions- Online/Live Auctions, Food and Wine, Group Experiences, Kids Art, Wall of Wine
  • *7:15-7:45pm*
    ·  Funded Item- Discussion on a selected item with final recommendation to the OTA Foundation after the meeting. Ideas include: *enhancements* like: Travel funds for field trips, play structure, support for sports teams, class assistants, school counselor and continuing education for teachers and *enrichment* like art teacher, language program, science program. We want to know what you want to fund. Join our discussion or email
  • *7:45-8pm*
    ·   Committee reports*WANTED: We are still looking for a webmaster with WordPress experience to
    assist us with our web edits and additions. *
Next Meetings:
January 28, February 25, March 18 
  • If you know of a restaurant that would like to host our committee meetings please contact Sandra-
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Two Holiday Performances with OTA Orchestra Director John Nettles

Nutcracker City Ballet of San Diego-2014

PCC Messiah Flyer 2014

John Nettles is the Music Director of the City Ballet of San Diego Orchestra, a gifted teacher, and a former high school orchestra director. This fall he agreed to help revive OTA’s orchestra program. He has done a tremendous job with the 5th-8th grade “Orchestra Experience (Video)” and the students are lucky to have a working artist as their instructor. John is also reviving the OTA Performance Orchestra, which meets after school (OTA Students: What Instrument Do You Want to Play?).

Nutcracker Performance Times:

  • Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 2:00pm
  • Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 7:30pm
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Thank You ResMed, for Supporting the Music-Math Lab!

ResMed, a local medical company specializing in sleep apnea and respiratory care solutions, is a generous supporter of San Diego Education non-profits that work with children. At an Awards Luncheon yesterday ResMed presented OTA with a grant to support our Kiwanis Club of San Diego (Serving the World’s Children) Music-Math Learning Acceleration Lab
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What is ST (Spatial Temporal) Math?

Why ST Math?

ST Math score nationwide

Why Music at OTA?

2014 Music-It-Makes-You-Smarter-and-Younger

Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass

Get Your 2014 Father-Daughter Dance Pics • 10 Days Left to Order!

Father Daughter Dance-Photographers Proof

Take some time to relive the special memories from the 2014 Father Daughter Dance Image Gallery. Your favorite photos can be easily ordered with your credit card in a highly secure purchasing environment. Please save this e-mail to quickly access this gallery, as it contains your unique event information.

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San Diego flu cases coming in faster than last year

Suggestions to avoid getting sick and to help keep your family healthy, are:

  • washing hands thoroughly & often; staying away from sick people; avoiding touching the eyes, nose, & mouth; cleaning commonly touched surfaces; and…
  • staying home and avoiding contact with others if you’re sick.

Child with Flu 2014

Dec 03, 2014 4:31 PM PST

Influenza cases around the San Diego region are coming in at a faster rate than last year, county health officials reported Wednesday. A total of 141 lab-confirmed cases have been reported to date this flu season, 86 more than at the same time last year, according to the county Health and Human Services Agency. Continue reading

Sign-Up Forms for OTA Winter Basketball! • Registration Opens Dec 20th

OTA ENRICH! After School Basketball-No Look Goggles••• No Look Goggles in the Basketball Lab! •••

Sign up for winter Basketball! Click to print out form: Winter Youth Basketball 2014

  • Please write “OTA Student” next to your child’s name to make sure you get on the Old Town Academy Team.
  • We are always looking for Parent-Volunteers to Coach!
  • See How We Teach Basketball in the OTA Basketball Lab

Join Us for the Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony to Celebrate Our New Drinking Fountain!

OTA Girlscouts Water Fountain Dedication

Tuesday November 25th at @ 11:45, Brownie Troop 4152 held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to dedicate the new lunchroom drinking fountain to everyone at Old Town Academy. The entire OTA community was invited to join us in the lunchroom to celebrate this welcome and much-needed addition to our school (the fountain delivers filtered drinking water and has a tap for filling students’ water bottles)

“The Brownies conducted a Wonders of Water (W.O.W.) journey last school year, during which they learned how to Love water, Save water, and Share water in a responsible, earth-friendly manner. The Brownies completed their journey with the drinking fountain service project. To fund this project, the Brownies launched a recycling campaign with One Earth Recycling, had a rummage sale, sold Viva Pops, and used a portion of their proceeds from the Girl Scout Cookie Program.”

The OTA Foundation also contributed to the purchase and installation of our new drinking fountain. A press person from Girl Scouts of San Diego attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony to help us document this momentous occasion.

Congratulations Brownies!!!

(Slideshow) Father-Daughter Dance Pics • Thank You Dance Committee & Volunteers!

Father Daughter Dance 2014 Group
***  The 2nd Annual Father-Daughter Dance was a great Success! ***

See Slideshow…

OTA Jog-a-Thon Surprise Dedication: ALICIA & TONY GWYNN FIELD!

Gwynn Family at Tony & Alica Gwynn Field Dedication

* * *  Channel 10 News Coverage  * * *

Tony & Alicia Gwynn Field*


Q2 After-School Schedule

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Martha Chousal (who runs World Voices San Diego foreign language classes and is our fabulous OTA Enrich! Spanish Coach) will be working to convert all classes to an online sign-up process.

Not all classes have links yet so for the first week you may Choose a Class and send your child on day one without signing up beforehand. Coaches who do not have online sign-ups will give students paper trackers and sign-up forms while we work to get the online links for all.

Please bear with us as we make the transition-in the meantime here is the schedule for Q2

After-School Q2 2014 Schedule

Click to print PDF: After-School Q2 2014 Schedule

  • Martha will also be working to make sure we have an option until 5 every day for classes that end at 4:30 (Either Basketball or Learning Lab or Open Minds will be coordinating with Martha to transition children when their 4:30 class ends).
  • Finally, Martha will also be coordinating our sign-out system. We will ask parents of younger children to sign their children out: stay tuned for more on that from your OTA Enrich! After School Coaches.


Jog-a-Thon Slideshow • Pledges Due November 12 ~ Goal is 100% participation in every class!

Heartbreak Hill 4a-OTA 2014 Jog-a-Thon 

2014 Jog-A-Thon Overview

The 4th annual Old Town Academy Jog-A-Thon took place Friday, October 24th. OTA students— cheered on by other students, teachers and parents— ran thousands of laps to raise money to support OTA’s dedicated staff and its cutting edge academic programs. Enjoy this slideshow from OTA Parent Samson Chan— you can see each child’s energy and determination as they run!

  • Now it’s time to collect the money from donors (or sign up new pledges from those you couldn’t reach before the Jog-a-Thon: Download Extra Pledge Packets here.) Sponsors are welcome to pledge any amount-per-lap they choose, or they can make a flat donation.
  • Please turn in pledge checks, made out to the “OTA Foundation,” to classroom teachers or the OTA office by November 12.

Thank you for supporting quality public education.

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ETA at OTA @ 6 PM • Sixth Graders are on the way home! 2014 Catalina Trip Slideshow (Days 1,2,3!)

Sixth Grade Catalina-Ferry Home 3
*Slideshow--3 Days of Catalina, 2014!

Lunchtime Student Orchestras, Costume Parade, Flag Football! (Slideshows, Video)

OTA 6th Grade Orchestra Experience Students Perform

Mr. Nettles’s 6th Grade “Orchestra Experience” Class Plays (5th, 7th, & 8th also performed)

*Video: 6th Grade “Orchestra Experience” Class Concert:

Third Halloween 2014

Third Grade Halloween Parade!

*Halloween Parade Slideshow*

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OTA Over 12 Flag Football Last Night – Victory from last sec touchdown-Tanner to Chris!

*Flag Football Slideshow* Thank you Coach Rich Curry and Coach Dan Pasternack!!


Basketball Practice Today (Friday, Dec 12) • 3:30-4:30 After School at the Presidio Gym – All Ages Welcome

New Basketballs

Coach Kellmeyer is holding basketball practice today at the…

  • Presidio Gym: 2811 Jackson Street, San Diego, CA 92110 – (619) 692-4918

Since Basketball Registration does not open until Dec 20th…

  • Sign-Up Forms for OTA Winter Basketball! • Registration Opens Dec 20th

…. your child may attend today without signing up! You will need to drive your child to practice, and it will end at 4:30 sharp.

Reminder: OTA Girl Scouts Collecting Donations of Canned Food for San Diego Food Bank

2014 Girl Scout Canned Food Drive

“Stuff the Bus” Canned Food Drive Starts Monday

OTA is participating in “Stuff the Bus” 2014, a fall food drive in partnership with Girl Scouts, the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank, Metropolitan Transportation System (MTS) and the North County Transit District (NCTD).

  • Starting Monday, please bring your canned goods and other nonperishable food donations to school.
  • OTA Students from Brownie Troop 4152 will be on hand at morning drop off to accept your donations.
  • Throughout the week of December 1st, there will also be a bin in the lobby at OTA where you can deliver your goods.

On December 6th, the Brownies will deliver the donations to the Albertsons in North Park. From there, MTS and NCTD buses will transport them to the Food Bank. Thank you for your help with this worthy cause!